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Assistant Professor – Agriculture – Food Science

Blacksburg, Virginia, United States



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Tenure Track


Closing Date:

5 Nov 2012


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Job description

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech ( is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s nine colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Southside, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life science industries make significant strides in improving people’s lives. Today’s College is adapting to society’s expectations and needs by focusing its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for devastating and debilitating diseases. Nearly 3,000 students are pursing degrees in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The College has 12 academic departments, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) and a presence in every county in the Commonwealth through Virginia Cooperative Extension. Today, in addition to two-year associate degrees, the college grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic have partnered to develop the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. Carilion Clinic, headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia is an integrated multispecialty clinic consisting of nearly 500 physicians within an integrated group practice dedicated to excellence in patient care, medical education, and translational research. Within Carilion Clinic is a robust primary care regional network spanning 72 sites across all of southwest Virginia. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is an 835 bed tertiary academic medical center serving southwest Virginia and beyond. Carilion has another seven hospitals, a multi-state clinical laboratory, and a complement of outpatient centers. Carilion serves as the medical hub for southwestern Virginia with over 1,400 licensed beds, annual hospital admissions of 52,000 and approximately 1 million combined patient visits per year. The Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute provide many collaborative opportunities for conducting translation research. In addition, there is approximately 7000 sq. ft of clinical research facilities which are in close proximity to Carilion Clinic and clinician collaborators.

Position Summary

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise ( invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty appointment with research and teaching responsibilities at the level of Assistant Professor. The position is a 60% research and 40% teaching appointment (negotiable depending on interest and preference). We are looking for an outstanding individual who will contribute to our translational research mission and strengthen our priority area of “Foods and Health.” We are seeking an individual who is trained in food science and nutrition.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to gut microbiome, immune function, sensory attributes of food and satiety, genetic and neural preferences of taste (related to energy regulation), starch digestion, and nutritional effects of food processing. Preference will be given to candidates that can interface with our molecular, clinical, or behavioral research groups focusing on obesity and chronic disease prevention. Collaborations with faculty in the Department of Food Science and Technology are also encouraged. The candidate should have appropriate teaching experience and the desire to contribute to a dynamic and robust teaching program and the training of dietetics students for careers in industry, research, and practice. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the equivalent of one undergraduate foods course per semester and contribute to graduate student training.


The candidate is expected to:

·         Develop a nationally and internationally recognized extramurally-funded research program to complement and expand research programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with an emphasis on foods and health;

·         Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in food science topic area for accredited dietetics program;

·         Direct and assist in training graduate students at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels;

·         Participate in service and outreach.

Required Qualifications

·         Ph.D. in food science, or combined food science/ nutrition degree;

·         Teaching experience;

·         History of refereed publications;

·         The ability to work independently and collaboratively on research;

·         Written and interpersonal communication skills;

·         Commitment to quality student education.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Post-doctoral training and/or food industry experience;

·         Experience in grant writing

Employment Conditions

Must have a criminal background check

Employment Comments

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify us by the review date.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin November 5th, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Interested individuals should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and names and addresses of three professional references at (posting #0122360).

Correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Young H. Ju Chair, Search Committee Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-231-6168,

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Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of nearly $400 million.



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